One of many thousands of Italian Road Warrior/Escape From New
York rip-offs, After the Fall stands out by being not
only hellishly entertaining, but for featuring a character named
"Big Ape." It's 20 years after the nuclear holocaust,
and the "Pan American Confederacy" is hot to breed up
a new batch of citizens. Black-clad "Eurac" soldiers
on horseback battle survivors in an attempt to round up subjects
for experimentation, while "handsome, virile actor"
(so sez the box) Michael Sopkiw (as Parsifal) takes part in some
kind of hot rod demolition derby. Punk rock chicks shriek from
the hilltops as Parsifal rains destruction on his foes, culminating
in a bare-knuckle brawl and the approval of a weird clown robot.
Parsifal rides off with his hot Italian girlfriend (who says "You're
too much, Master--and you're going to make great love"),
but is waylaid by members of the Pan Am Confederacy. These fellas
take Parsifal to a secret base in Alaska, where they offer to
fly him to Alpha Centauri (!) on an "interplanetary rocket"
if he'll go to New York and bring back the "fertile woman"
they've discovered there. Teaming up with a couple other guys,
Parsifal hops on a motorcycle and heads for the Big Apple, accompanied
by the wailing music of the mysterious desert trumpet-player.
Nonstop action ensues as the boys make their way into Manhattan,
stumbling across another juicy chick for Parsifal along the way.
The evil Euracs capture Parsifal and his gang, but the amorous
attentions of a sassy Eurac gal make it possible for everyone
to escape. Our heroes hide out with a tribe of dwarves who live
beneath the U.N. building before meeting up with--you guessed
it--Big Ape! After a little making out (thankfully Big
Ape isn't involved), the Ape and the Dwarf lead the others to
the fertile woman--and fortunately for those who will have to
do the repopulating, she looks like a model for Italian Vogue.
Big Ape decides he wants first crack; the Euracs are closing in
and all hell breaks loose as the flick careens toward its screwy
climax. Damn, I love this movie.
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